City Paper is not for tourists
Restorations is at its best when it’s nerding out. On last year’s excellent LP3, the band embraced its nerdy musical obsessions—anthemic punk, mid-’90s emo, shoegazey electronics, and too many guitar solos—resulting in nine gut-punching sing-alongs that wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. But underneath Restorations’ layers of musicianship and noise, frontman Jon Loudoun is something of a spiritual troubadour, singing about anxiety, hardships of life, and an insatiable wanderlust as one grows older. Those sentiments are perhaps best expressed on the album’s lead single, “Separate Songs”: “Imagine that focus in real life / Imagine going outside / Imagine not waiting for something to come along,” Loudoun raspily screams on the song’s explosive bridge. Since LP3 was released last year, the band pretty much been on the road non-stop—a true testament to the song’s message of “not waiting for something to come along.” Restorations is a band that practices what it preaches, and its transformative live shows might just inspire you to do the same. Restorations perform with the Menzingers, Mewithoutyou, and Pianos Become the Teeth at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.